a fanmix for that feeling you get when you read another mix description; characters described in vague terms, girls with power and boys with tragedies; metaphors abound like flowers in a meadow, their petals heavy with rain; i don’t recognize any of these fucking bands
there is nothing more frustrating to me than people who write who don’t read, but like specifically because they ‘don’t want their writing to be influenced’
everyone i’ve ever met who thinks like that has the exact same flaws in their writing. overwrought, purple-prose to no point, and trying to force their themes so heavily that the story vanishes.
they are people who spend most of their prose trying to recreate the wheel, sludging through plots that are tremendously cliched because they have no clue what the cliches are- but they are grasping at the first plots that come to them, which will often be, well, the cliched ones. and they won’t know how to break the mold in those stories because they refuse to explore the work of others.
your writing should be influenced by your reading and your environment. when it’s not, i assure you, it’s less creative, not more. the ideas created in a vacuum are always the ideas that anyone could come up with. when you are reacting to the influences around you, you combine ideas and themes to create new things- or at the very least, you learn how to put a spin on those cliched plots
complexitea-deactivated20140414 asked: Out of curiosity, what are your favorite (or at least favored) forms of writing, and what do you enjoy about each one?
This is a really fun question—thanks so much for asking! (I’m not exactly sure if “forms of writing” refers to style, genre, or something else, but I’ll try my best to offer a decent answer. These will probably all pertain to creative writing anyways; academic/essay/journalistic writing is definitely not my cup of tea.)
It’s easier for me to identify what I don’t prefer, which probably involves scriptwriting and drama. I’m not as comfortable with this medium as I am with others, and I’m always tempted to bog my dialogue down with unnecessary stage cues and really annoying notes. Point being, I’m not very good at playwriting or screenwriting—I don’t have much experience with either, but even then, I can’t seem to write anything without saturating it with sensory detail. My style is ultimately not kind to actors and directors, who’d have to slosh through my purple prose in order to put on a show. It’s something to work on.
I really love short stories (especially flash fiction) and poetry. It makes me happy to string together unconventional images and experiment with unexpected turns of phrase, which only seem to be effective in isolated, brief works (there is a limit to how much pretension people can stomach, after all). I find myself gravitating towards novels, but story structure is an utter beast, and I can’t work on a longer piece without feeling like it’s becoming progressively less interesting to readers as I go along. At some point early in the game, I inevitably throw in the towel under the assumption that nobody will care about the things I’m describing long enough to keep reading.
And I don’t know if this counts, but I love worldbuilding! I especially enjoy creating characters and their bios, probably even more than I like writing for/about them in a narrative. I wish I were artistically gifted so I could bring characters to life in a way that won’t make me sick of them, but alas. I’ll just stick with my words for now.
(Side note: I hate meta fiction, with very few exceptions. I can’t get over how gimmicky and pretentious it is after a while. bakdflakfjd;lj. Heaven help me if I ever start becoming overly self-referential.)
Merriment - Backwards
when you dream about something you really wish you didn’t
do you ever feel like there’s just so many pretty girls but most dudes are just subpar like there are radiant goddesses everywhere and just piles and piles of guys in backwards baseball caps and sandals
I find that, when writing bios, it’s really helpful to look at a list or a chart like the one above. Picking two or three traits from each chart and building a character based around them will give you a really interesting bio, because they will serve as a reminder that characters need depth and dimension.
Independent and clever.
Independent, clever, pretentious, and stubborn.
The first combination doesn’t come with any flaws, whereas the second will provide a more dynamic character.
Vampires who look and dress like fourteen-year-old budding goth kids because no one will ever believe that they’re actually vampires, no matter what they might see or hear.
Vampires wearing bad plastic fangs and tacky red contacts everywhere they go and telling people to call them things like “Lord Bloodfang McDarkness the Third” and “Salacia, Mistress of the Night”.
Sigh, I miss Williamstown